Pos­i­tive spin on low marks

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Area English-lan­guage pub­lic school stu­dents con­tinue to do poorly in read­ing, writ­ing and math, lag­ging be­hind the pro­vin­cial av­er­ages in the ba­sics.

Yet, the Up­per Canada District School Board ac­cen­tu­ates the pos­i­tive.

Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice test re­sults show that in sec­ondary school lit­er­acy ex­ams and grade 6 math, UCDSB stu­dents’ marks are ten per cent be­low the On­tario av­er­age.

How­ever, the UCDSB “is pleased to re­port that the EQAO pro­vin­cial as­sess­ment scores show im­prove­ment in mul­ti­ple ar­eas of learn­ing for our stu­dents.”

The prov­ince-wide ex­ams show the num­ber of On­tario stu­dents who are meet­ing or have sur­passed the pro­vin­cial stan­dard for achieve­ment. The pro­vin­cial stan­dard is a mark of 70 per cent or higher.

The lat­est re­port shows that in the sec­ondary school lit­er­acy test, 69 per cent of UCDSB stu­dents achieved the stan­dard, be­low the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 79 per cent. Area stu­dents’ scores have fluc­tu­ated over the past five years, reach­ing a high of 75 per cent in 2014-2015. Last year, 74 per cent met the pro­vin­cial stan­dard.

Grade 6 math re­sults show that 39 per cent of UCDSB stu­dents passed the test, com­pared to the On­tario av­er­age of 49 per cent. The best re­sult area stu­dents had in the last five years came in 2013-2014, when the UCDSB score was 47 per cent.

Grade 9 ap­plied math­e­mat­ics scores are up a sig­nif­i­cant 8 per cent to 43 per cent of UCDSB stu­dents achiev­ing the pro­vin­cial stan­dard. That re­mains be­low the On­tario av­er­age of 45 per cent.

For Grade 9 aca­demic math­e­mat­ics, 77 per cent of stu­dents have met or ex­ceeded the pro­vin­cial stan­dard. That was up from last year’s score of 76 per cent, and be­low the On­tario av­er­age of 84 per cent.

In grade 6 writ­ing, the per­cent­age of UCDSB stu­dents mak­ing the grade rose from 74 to 75; the On­tario av­er­age is 80.

In grade 6 read­ing, the per­cent­age of area stu­dents achiev­ing the pro­vin­cial stan­dard in­creased from 77 to 80, slightly be­low the On­tario av­er­age of 82.

In grade 3, the board math score of 54 per cent rose from 52 per cent, but was still be­low the On­tario av­er­age of 61 per cent.

Grade 3 writ­ing re­sults have been grad­u­ally drop­ping from 75 per cent in 2013-2014 to 67 per cent in 2017-2018. The pro­vin­cial suc­cess rate is 72 per cent.

Read­ing marks have im­proved from 67 per cent to 71 per cent achiev­ing the stan­dard. The On­tario av­er­age is 75 per cent.

Area English-lan­guage pub­lic schools strug­gle to make pro­vin­cial grade

Su­per­in­ten­dent Jodie Bar­rett, who has re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for teacher learn­ing says, “Our Board Im­prove­ment Plan for Stu­dent Achieve­ment and Wellness (BIPSAW) is fo­cused on sup­port­ing our schools and our stu­dents to en­sure con­tin­ued growth in stu­dents’ com­pre­hen­sion and achieve­ment in math­e­mat­ics.”

“Ev­ery child comes to us at a dif­fer­ent stage in their ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney, and this is re­flected in what they show us in their daily learn­ing and on an­nual as­sess­ments like EQAO. I am proud of the work our staff does ev­ery day to help our young peo­ple grow as learn­ers,” says Chair Jeff McMil­lan.

“Our schools look closely at the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the com­pre­hen­sive as­sess­ments from EQAO. Wher­ever pos­si­ble, prin­ci­pals and teach­ers in­cor­po­rate these find­ings from last year into school level plan­ning for 20182019,” states Stephen Sliwa, Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion for the UCDSB. “We know that this data is best ex­am­ined along­side other fac­tors that in­flu­ence stu­dent achieve­ment, which will be our ap­proach for im­prov­ing out­comes that we are seek­ing for our stu­dents in math­e­mat­ics and lit­er­acy for this school year."

Other boards do­ing well

Catholic District School Board of East­ern On­tario stu­dents fared well in the lat­est pro­vin­cial ex­ams, with pupils ex­ceed­ing On­tario av­er­ages in most sub­jects.

Grade 3 pupils had a suc­cess rate of 84 per cent, bet­ter than the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 75 per cent, in read­ing, 82 per cent in writ­ing, bet­ter than the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 72, and 67 in math, ex­ceed­ing the On­tario av­er­age of 61 per cent. In grade 6 read­ing, 85 per cent, com­pared to the 82 per cent pro­vin­cial av­er­age, of board stu­dents achieved the stan­dard. In writ­ing, the board suc­cess rate of 82 per cent bet­tered the On­tario av­er­age of 80 per cent, and in math,

In grade 9, board stu­dents’ suc­cess rate of 56 in ap­plied math was bet­ter than the 46 per cent pro­vin­cial av­er­age.

In the sec­ondary school lit­er­acy tests, the board suc­cess rate was 79, the same as the On­tario av­er­age.

CSDCEO stu­dents are do­ing well in pro­vin­cial as­sess­ments

Con­seil sco­laire de district catholique de l’Est on­tarien (CSDCEO) stu­dents con­tinue to post im­pres­sive num­bers in the Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice tests.

Stu­dents in Grade 10 stood out in the prov­ince with their “ex­cel­lent re­sult” of 92 per cent in the sec­ondary school lit­er­acy test, the French-lan­guage Catholic board notes.

This was the third con­sec­u­tive year CSDCEO stu­dents ex­ceeded the pro­vin­cial stan­dard of 91 per cent.

For their part, the Grade 9 stu­dents also achieved very good re­sults in math. Marks have im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly in ap­plied math, where the suc­cess rate rose by 14 per­cent­age points to 51, the same as the On­tario av­er­age.

CSDCEO pupils suc­ceeded par­tic­u­larly well in grade 3 read­ing, with 84 per cent, the same as the pro­vin­cial av­er­age, achiev­ing the On­tario stan­dard. In writ­ing, 75 per cent of area stu­dents made the grade, a tad be­low the On­tario av­er­age of 76 per cent. In math, CSDCEO stu­dents had a suc­cess rate of 77 per cent, bet­ter than the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 75.

In grade 6, in math, 81 per cent at­tained the stan­dard, be­low the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 83 per cent. In writ­ing, area stu­dents’ suc­cess rate of 81 per cent ex­ceeded the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 78 per cent. In read­ing, 91 per cent of the CSDCEO pupils at­tained the pro­vin­cial stan­dard, be­low the On­tario av­er­age of 92 per cent.

Le Con­seil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’On­tario per­formed well in Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity of On­tario tests.

For the past ten years, the French-lan­guage pub­lic sys­tem has stood out com­pared to the 11 other fran­co­phone boards in ap­plied math­e­mat­ics.

In the lit­er­acy test, 94 per cent of CEPEO stu­dents met the stan­dard, com­pared to 91 per cent prov­ince-wide.

In ap­plied math, the board suc­cess rate was 65 per cent, bet­ter than the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 51 per cent.

In aca­demic math, the board suc­cess rate was 93 per cent, above the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 88.

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Luc Prud’Homme shared this photo of an out­door phone booth be­ing re­moved from Alexan­dria’s Main Street. The fix­tures have be­come rare in re­cent years as peo­ple have switched to cel­lu­lar de­vices

NO IN­JURIES: No­body was in­jured but charges are pend­ing in this col­li­sion be­tween a Lexus and a Honda CRV Mon­day at noon on Alexan­dria’s Main Street.

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